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Constance
Aelfric! How serendipitous that you have come to our aid!
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Aelfric
I am relieved that I wasn't too late. I do hope my presence proved useful.
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Balthus
No doubt about it. We needed the backup.
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Aelfric
Professor. I do believe this is the first time our paths have crossed, is it not?
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Aelfric
Of course, I have heard all about you from Her Grace, the archbishop.
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Aelfric
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Aelfric. The church has granted me custodianship of Abyss.
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Aelfric
Indeed. And despite my responsibilities, I am but a humble monk.
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Aelfric
The pleasure is all mine.
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Aelfric
I am sure you have already been told about Abyss's unique situation.
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Aelfric
For varying reasons, all of the inhabitants here are unable to live a peaceful life on the surface.
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Aelfric
People like the Dagdans and Almyrans, who suffer undue persecution across Fódlan.
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Aelfric
The poor and the sick, who were forced into Abyss. Not to mention all the other unfortunate souls who ended up here.
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Aelfric
I believe it is my sacred duty to provide a place for those who have nowhere else to go.
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Claude
Right. And the poor and sick living in a sunless crypt helps them...how?
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Dimitri
Enough, Claude. Please forgive my friend, Aelfric. We would love to hear more.
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Aelfric
In all honesty, I understand his concern. I dearly wish I could provide a better life for my flock.
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Aelfric
But it would appear that Her Grace and most of the church consider the existence of Abyss to be... something of a nuisance.
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Aelfric
I'm afraid so... Those within the church who would see Abyss purged are swiftly growing in number.
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Aelfric
No? I've heard tell of those within the church who intend to purge Abyss.
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Hapi
That's the church for you. They make a big deal out of helping the helpless...when it suits them.
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Balthus
We can't just sit back and accept the way things are. We've gotta fight the system!
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Balthus
Sure, I'm here to hide from literally countless bounty hunters, but I'm not the only one in need.
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Balthus
You're in a bad way too, Hapi. We can't just let the church walk all over us.
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Constance
Too true. For the sake of all who dwell in Abyss, we must help dear Aelfric to turn the tide!
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Aelfric
I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Your fervent support is all the reward I could ask for.
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Aelfric
As for you, Professor, I must beg a favor of you.
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What's the favor?
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Aelfric
The Ashen Wolves are a house in name alone. They are eager students with no teacher to guide them...
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Aelfric
If you could find it in your heart to take them under your wing, I would be most grateful.
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Aelfric
Naturally, your official duties take precedence, so you need only help out when your schedule allows.
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Yuri
Wait a minute, Aelfric. Where's this nonsense coming from?
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Constance
I second that question! We have no need of a professor when we have you.
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Aelfric
Dear flock, I am a mere guardian. I can protect you, but I cannot enrich your minds.
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Aelfric
Though I call this gathering an academy house, I have long lamented that it isn't truly so.
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Aelfric
Now, I am blessed with the opportunity to correct this. The professor who stands before you has garnered a great deal of acclaim on the surface.
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Aelfric
A most trustworthy and esteemed teacher, to say the least. What's more, I happen to be acquainted with the father of this fine individual.
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Aelfric
I was born and raised in Garreg Mach, so I often had the opportunity to spend time with him.
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Aelfric
Your mother, as well... She was a cherished friend of mine. I was even present for their wedding.
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Aelfric
With parents like yours, I have no doubt that you possess the kindness and patience necessary to guide these students.
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Constance
But...
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Yuri
It'll be fine. It's not like we're strangers anymore.
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Yuri
Say, Aelfric... Don't you need to take care of those thieves?
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Aelfric
Ah, right you are. Please, excuse me.
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Aelfric
Oh, and one more thing, Professor...
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Aelfric
If ever you would like to hear more about your parents, I would be delighted to share my memories with you.